Your word for the week is petrichor.  It means the smell of rain on dry soil.  The refreshing petrichor of summer brought a coolness to a hot and sticky Pensacola.  I don’t know how you would ever have occasion to use that sentence, but now you can.

It was the “word of the day” at the gas station this week while I was filling up.  I like to play a little game with myself when I see the “word of the day” coming — whether it will be a word I actually use, whether I know it enough to be vaguely acquainted with its usage, etc.  I flatter myself that I have a relatively sizeable lexicon.  But I’ll admit, I had never even seen that word.  And then by the time I got to the office, I had forgotten it.  Thankfully I was able to track it down; otherwise I would not have an article for this space this week.

You know by now, I am all about learning new things.  “Wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13).  But, as Solomon learned all too well, knowledge for its own sake is as vain as the various pleasures of the flesh.  The blessings God gives us must be used in a productive way, or else we might as well not be given them at all.

Unless I feel the pressing urge to sound snooty, I likely will go the next six months without referring to petrichor.  And that knowledge will leave me, perhaps forever.  I would hate for that to happen to the insights I gain from reading the Bible this year — particularly the parts I don’t read very often on my own.  If I read with a view to application, though, perhaps it will bring a fresh petrichor to my walk with Christ.

(Was that forced?  It felt forced.)

About Hal Hammons

Hal is the preacher for the Lakewoods Drive church of Christ in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the host of the Citizen of Heaven podcast, available through most podcast providers as well as YouTube. He and his wife Tracie are the parents of two daughters, owners of one miniature schnauzer, and custodians of a disturbingly large collection of board games.